Natural Treatments for Melasma ~ Removing Unwanted Skin Blotches
Skin health is always in the spotlight for addressing various skin discolorations such as age spots and melasma. But where do you turn when you have tried everything and nothing seems to be taking away those darkened areas on your face? Melasma is a skin condition that is often seen in women. It presents right after giving birth, also known as pregnancy mask, or presents itself as the hormones start to change or women become perimenopausal.
There are several different kinds of hormones in the body, but the ones that are most important to those of with Melasma are the sex hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone & Testosterone. Believe it or not, there are many factors which can contribute to hormone imbalances. Some of which include:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Birth Control Pills
- Poor Digestion
- Poor liver detoxification
- Chronic stress
- Poor diet
How exactly does your lifestyle and health effect your hormones?
As you become stressed, your body produces more and more cortisol to help cope with the stress. As more cortisol is produced, the precursor hormones like progesterone and pregnenolone are depleted, which leaves the estrogens in an unbalanced situation. This extra estrogen stimulation actually increases the hormones that stimulate melanocyte production, which in turn increases the amount of melanin deposited. Re-establishing hormone balance through a simple urine test can help prevent this, and may even help reverse it.
Vitamin D is a potent fat soluable vitamin that has shown to address the healthy production of melanocyte production and health in general. Making sure your Vitamin D levels are optimum is the first step in addressing your skin issues and health.
Get More Sleep
A lack of sleep or any disturbance in the natural circadian rhythm can be one of the worst habits contributing to a hormone imbalance. This is because your hormones work on a schedule. Cortisol, the primary “stress hormone”, is regulated at midnight. Therefore, people who go to bed late never truly get a break from their sympathetic flight/fight stress response.
Gut health plays a critical role in the overall function of your health. It’s important to eat a diet that doesn’t contain food items that will irritate or inflame the lining of your intestine. When the lining is inflamed, nutrients cannot be absorbed and digestion suffers.
Ensuring that your gut and digestive systems are working accordingly is important because, estrogen levels are directly affected by bowel transit time (the time it takes for waste to move through the intestinal tract). A normal transit time allows excess estrogen to pass with the stool and out of the body. When the stool remains in the bowel for longer periods of time, as with constipation, the excess estrogen is reabsorbed and placed back into circulation. This can be one of the most toxic and detrimental effects to your health. Therefore if your gut is suffering from inflammation, your entire body suffers. Making sure that your liver can eliminate excess toxins is vital.
Solutions to Melasma
After years of working with patients suffering with various skin issues, particularly melasma, I have formulated a specific approach to balancing hormones, detoxing the body, and eliminating most complexion issues. To begin your path to a healthy, clean body and beautiful skin, contact the office to begin.